The Japanese chin

Japanese chin

Japanese chin

This is another black and white dog – and thank heavens for the white part.  I am still working on how to do the black without it getting overly dark.  I am not very familiar with this breed but it is on the small side.  This is a puppy picture and it has a certain baby animal softness to it.  I wanted to retain its playful quality too.  I can just imagine it scampering around with its tongue hanging out, exploring new things.  I’m going to darken just a hair around the left eye and then it will be done.

A couple of dogs on the board

Corgi

Corgi

I’ve been a bit under the weather but managed to sketch up these two dog portraits today.  One is an adult corgi and the other is a Japanese chin puppy.  I like the variety of breed and colors that these present. The corgi is a red and white and the Japanese chin breed is black and white.

Japanese chin

Japanese chin

Once again both present problems to work out.  Tongues hanging out is a new challenge.  You are actually seeing the bottom of the chin’s.  I think I will work on the corgi first. I am pretty happy with the initial sketch and with a fresh look tomorrow and some minor adjustments, I think I can head right into the inking.  The chin needs a little bit of deliberation.  Like any black coated animal photo, it is hard to make out some of the details especially around the ears and eyes.  A few days of letting it sit may make it easier for me to determine what to do.  It’s not that I am really unhappy with it.  I just know I need to step away from it for a few days.